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THE STUDENT SIDE OF THE STRIKE STUDENT WORKERS PETITION TO SAVE THEIR JOBS TRAVISFAUTEUX news editor __________________________
Crawford explained that student employment has many benefits on campus, but there is much more that could be done.
A petition is currently circulating around campus with the goal of ensuring that student workers retain their positions at the University of Windsor.
“Readily available student employment on campus is integral to creating a better sense of community and pride on campus, which I think most people can agree is lacking at Windsor,” he said.
Amidst discussions about “bumping” language between the University of Windsor and CUPE 1393, the union local representing 282 skilled trades and technical employees that has been picketing at the university for nearly two weeks, some student workers are trying to ensure that they aren’t bumped out of their jobs on campus. The petition demands support from the UWSA in the event of an agreement between the university and CUPE 1393 that would further threaten student job security and students’ opportunities to “finance and explore the full benefits of an education at the University of Windsor,” according to the petition. Yvonne Ijeh, the international relations and development student and part-time St. Denis Centre customer service representative that started the petition, said that CUPE 1393 has bumped students out of jobs numerous times. “Article 9 of their agreement allows them to bump student jobs. Every summer they bump student jobs,” said Ijeh. “This past summer, [CUPE] took most of the hours so there were hardly any students that were able to retain any of their hours.” Article 9 of the 2012 to 2013 agreement specifically deals with union workers’ ability to bump students, temporary employees, and less senior employees if a union worker is laid-off.
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UWSA President Rob Crawford said that he is aware of the “bumping” issue, particularly in the St. Denis Centre. “In my opinion, that’s one area of campus that should be off limits to CUPE when it comes to bumping rights. Each time a union member bumps into that area we lose up to three students to offset the costs involved with that member’s drastically higher wages,” said Crawford. “The way I see it, student money is paying the budget, students should be able to work those jobs without interference from the union,” he continued. Crawford also said that tuition fees pay 54.2% of the university’s operating budget and stated that, because of this, “there should be more student employment.”
“Everybody, including CUPE 1393 employees, understands the importance of student employment,” said University of Windsor President Alan Wildeman. “It is an issue that I think everyone has recognized as being important to students.” STRIKE UPDATE Striking continues between the University of Windsor and CUPE 1393, but two other union locals, Unifor 195 and 2458, ratified a collective bargaining agreement just in the nick of time on Monday. “I am delighted that we were able to do the negotiation needed to reach these agreements with our Unifor Locals,” said Wildeman in a media release following the ratification. “The outcome is reflective of our desire to have all employees working with fair and reasonable collective agreements.” While these Unifor strikes were avoided, which would have put clerical staff, operating engineers, skilled trades workers, campus community police, and parking services employees on the picket lines, there is still the possibility of one more strike on campus that could happen as soon as this Monday. CUPE 1001, representing groundskeepers, maintenance helpers, custodial, housekeeping, food services, and catering employees, will be in a legal strike position at 12:01 a.m next Monday if an agreement is not made in the coming days. As for getting back to the bargaining table with CUPE 1393, which has been on strike since September 9, Wildeman said that he is working on it. “Through a provincially appointed mediator we are looking at whether there might be conditions that would allow us to get back to the bargaining table,” said Wildeman.
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Everyone loves a good drink, except perhaps the straight edge, ultra religious and former alcoholics. Though the latter may be on the fence regarding this issue.
The drink can help lower heart disease, has shown to actually help with cognitive faculties, and according to a 2010 Wired article abstaining from drinking raises your risk of dying. (Yes, seriously, you read that right. I didn’t believe it either.) Unfortunately for over a year now the university has not had a pub, nor is there a reasonably close LCBO or Beer Store to campus. No in fact it’s 2 kilometres to either of those places. That’s equal to a 20 to 30 minute walk. Although the university’s de facto bar the Dominion House is about 1 km away. Students, however, are not exactly made of money. While some will exchange food money for beer (see the streeter from two weeks ago) getting liquored up at a bar is two to three times as expensive as just hitting the LCBO. Toronto and Ottawa certainly understand that, their LCBO’s are within a kilometer of the university campuses. We’re certainly not as parched as London or Hamilton who’s sweet lady liquor dispensary are both three and a half kilometers away, but isn’t it appalling that you’re going to class sober and listening to the monotonous monotone of professors droning on about whatever you just spent five grand on. You just put yourself in serious debt and there are no jobs out there. You need a drink and it’s cruel to deprive you of it.
It’s nothing new sure enough. For ages there hasn’t been a nearby liquor store, but with the pub gone this seems ever more important. How is your homework going to get done without a rye and coke? How will you tolerate your roommate without a gin and tonic? How will you carry those heavy books without a vodka-cran? You won’t, you’ll slowly go crazy as your throat becomes dry and the blood in your veins is just that, nothing more than blood, lack-less of that life livening elixir. Every single second will become agony as those paces to the nearest well bring your legs to cease and forever will those classes seem unjustifiably dreadful. But at least you’ll be peeing less.
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are you union or are you management? “Are you union or are you management, or what the heck are you?” I had a colleague at the University ask me this. The truth is I’ve never acted like I am just an employee of the University. I’ve always acted with a level of professionalism and integrity that could be confused with the owner of a company. Perhaps it was this attitude that led the University to recognize me by giving me the individual service excellence award this year. You might be tempted to think that I’m the exception to the rule. However if you knew many of my colleagues in CUPE 1393 you would realize that many of them are as dedicated as I am. This level of professionalism and integrity doesn’t just happen. “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” I live by a code, a set of values and standards. “Honesty and integrity are the foundations of my decisions.” So when I see the university central administration act without honesty and integrity, it really bothers me. Is it too much to ask the administration to act with a certain level of accountability and transparency? What we are dealing with is an HR department that consistently does not want to follow its own due process but wants to change it whenever it seems convenient. I’ve heard people say “be happy that you have a job.” This is not about having a job, it’s about being respected in that job. The truth is, I can get a job anywhere and I get job offers fairly frequently. I am a professional engineer, I have an MBA, I run a business, I’m on several boards, and I’m heavily involved in the community. My resume reads as someone almost any company is looking to hire because of a consistent willingness to go above and beyond what is asked and do it, enthusiastically. So why do I work for the University? It’s not for the pay or the benefits, as I’m not better compensated here that I would be anywhere else. It’s because I want to work for an employer that has a noble cause. Education is the bridge between the classes and I know this from personal experience. The difference between just a job and the type of career that has you jumping out of bed in the morning passionately pursuing your objectives is determined by how well the organization’s mission lineup with your own. Don’t you want this too? Many people cannot hide their biases in a labor dispute and you’ll see it on both sides of the table. I find these biases stem from each of our fundamental beliefs about the role of unions in society today. Listen, I get it. Look at my education and my experiences that I have outlined above and you’ll see that I do not have a predisposition to supporting unions. However, what I’m asking you to do is to put aside the theoretical debate regarding the role of unions. Let’s all look at this rationally and judge the merit of each issue according to the facts. If you have questions you can find me on the picket line outside the University wearing the same business attire that I wear to work and having the same smile and pleasant personality that you would find me with while working my job. — Jonathan Sinasac, CUPE 1393 member of the Centre for Teaching and Learning
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Ernie The Baconman is one of seven candidates running for the Ward 7 seat • photo by Jay Verspeelt
The information I have now leads me to say that I was wrong ... and I’m prepared to change that RONJONES, WINDSOR WARD 2 COUNCILLOR
Democracy alive and well in Windsor TRAVISFAUTEUX news editor & JAYVERSPEELT lance reporter __________________________ On September 9 Windsor City Council decided that two major issues would be decided by the people of Windsor themselves. The reversal of the decision to appoint a councillor to the vacant Ward 7 seat and the decision to conduct consultation with the public to review the Central Riverfront Implementation Plan (CRIP) made in 2000 both occurred last Monday.
the people’s best interest to hold a by-election instead, leaving the decision to a democratic vote. Ward 2 councillor Ron Jones, who initially voted for the appointment process, explained his change of mind saying, “We make decisions based on the best information we have at that time. The information I have now leads me to say that I was wrong ... and I’m prepared to change that.” Kieran McKenzie, Ward 9 resident, commended Jones and other councillors who listened to the public.
Weeks before, council made the controversial decision to appoint a councillor to the Ward 7 seat left vacant by Percy Hatfield who was elected to join the Ontario Legislative Assembly.
“I think hubris often gets in the way of sound decision making, particularly once a public position has been taken,” said McKenzie. “I think this motion shows a level of maturity that we don’t often see in politics at any level.”
However, after hearing cries of injustice from the public, council brought the issue back to the table and decided that it was in
Residents’ anger with the initial appointment decision was clearly represented by Ward 6 resident John Holmes who
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The initial CRIP plan was “an illustration of design principles and concepts ... for ongoing physical development of the lands on a 25 year horizon,” according to a City Council report.
As of now, there are seven candidates in the running for the seat including Ernie The Baconman, who has run unsuccessfully for mayor and city councillor several times, retiree and former city councillor Tom Wilson, and Angelo Marignani, the runner-up for the seat in the last election. Candidates seeking nomination have until October 25, 2013 to register for the by-election set for December 9. Before the by-election decision was made, though, City Council also made the decision to ask Windsorites to voice their
Now, half-way into that timeline, council is reviewing the original plan to “create a path for future riverfront improvements” based on feedback from residents of all wards. Ward 5 councillor Ed Sleiman explained the appeal of tweaking the document. “2000—That’s a long time ago,” said Sleiman. “People have changed. People’s tastes and expectations of what they want in recreation have changed.” The original plan contained ideas for attractions such as a mist wall, a skate park, a fishing pier, a viewing balcony on top of Hiram Walker’s grain silos, and, notably, a downtown marina with restaurant.
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The idea of adding a marina to the riverfront has seen a push from Mayor Eddie Francis who said he believes building a marina would be in the best interest of the city. “I focus on [the marina] not because I own a boat or because I love marinas,” he said. “I think that it would be a wonderful addition to provide the connectivity to the part of downtown that deals with that artificial barrier, which is Riverside Drive.” Francis ended with a call to city councillors to listen to residents’ concerns and ideas saying, “The idea here is to generate ideas that we could bring forward to the December budget. Now is the time: if you really want to get something done ... now is the time to bring it forward.”
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Dude, this is an old reference MILLENIALS STILL HAVING A TOUGH TIME GETTING JOBS JAYVERSPEELT lance reporter __________________________ Not a week goes by where youth aren’t reminded that there are very few prospects for them in this post recession world. Recently TVO decided to drive the point home an hour a day for the whole week. Dude Where’s My Future? is the title for TVO’s latest series on The Agenda with host Steve Paikin, 50, named after the 2000 movie Dude Where’s My Car?, which aired between September 9 to 13. The program looked at youth unemployment through round table discussions, compared the then-and-now differences of the world and the crippling debt that comes with being educated. “The deal we made with the millennials was: go to school, get as much education as you can,” said Paikin. “If you take on a great deal of personal debt in exchange for that the economy will be such that there will be a good waiting for you at the end of it all. That hasn’t turned out to be the case.”
With youth unemployment twice as high as the national average there now stands a large proportion of people with little
money to pay their debts. The reasons for this high unemployment? According to Paikin, boomers are working longer because their pensions aren’t valuable enough. What the anchor said he found was that while in his generation was expected to have just one job things just aren’t that way now and the millennials know it. “They are [millennials] going to have to put together a wide range of things and call it a career,” said Paikin. “They will do a little consulting at this and writing at that and maybe some Starbucks here or retail there. Doing two, or three, or four things at once looks to be the new normal.” Although one could hardly be happy doing anything other than their desired career Paikin says that the wants and needs of this generation is far different than the one that preceded it. This is the first generation of people who are projected to be worse off than their parents, financially speaking, but Paiken cited a girl on his program who just moved to Fredericton, N.B. saying she didn’t want a big home or car, just a bicycle and being able to live with her partner. Elisha Nelligan is a St. Clair College graphic design graduate. She’s not ex-
Doing two, or three, or four things at once looks to be the new normal STEVEPAIKIN, HOST OF DUDE WHERE’S MY FUTURE?
In most cases today it’s who you know, and in Windsor specifically it’s a lot harder to find a job in journalism CASSIKENNEDY, ST. CLAIR COLLEGE GRADUATE
actly the “new normal” Paikin described, until recently she was more part of the newly coined B.A.rista generation. “I was off in Toronto working [an internship] for Rogers Publishing with my classmate,” said Nelligan. “I worked there for three and a half months, they tried to keep me on but had no open positions. After that had happened I got quite depressed, as any student would really. I started to look for a job not in my career. I soon found one a month later. I worked at Starbucks for a year.” After many emails and tears Nelligan did find work in her field at Springboard Management Inc. as a graphic designer, and she believes school was an important step to getting there because it’s better to learn from other peoples mistakes than your own. Still Nelligan had little time to look for meaningful work while slinging coffee. She would have happily volunteered her time to get a foot in the door but found no one with the “time or energy” to take her on. “It became really difficult for me because even though my program was hands on and unique, in terms of there are
three in the world like it,” said Cassi Kennedy, another St. Clair College grad. “I couldn’t meet the right people. In most cases today it’s who you know, and in Windsor specifically it’s a lot harder to find a job in journalism.” Kennedy moved to Toronto to look for work three months ago, she’s still looking. Meritocracy was the great North American way of life, indoctrinated into it’s people over decades but today starting at the bottom and working the way to the top is near impossible except for a lucky few. “If you absolutely positively believe *this* is what you have to do you just keep trying and you don’t give up,” said Paikin. Dude, is your future what you make it? Content from the Dude Where’s My Future? series can be found at www.tvo.org/ theagenda Since the interview Nelligan has lost her job at Springboard.
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UWindsor worker rappels from Caesars MAGGIECHAN lance reporter __________________________ For Mike Bezaire, the idea of rappelling 270 feet off the roof of Caesars Windsor understandably gave him a little bit of the butterflies. Bezaire, a University of Windsor employee who works as a porter in the CAW Student Centre, drew from similar ‘high altitude’ experiences when he participated in Tuesday’s Easter Seals Drop Zone event. “I worked for a tree service part-
time, and I climbed everything with ropes and saddles. Rappelling off a roof I’m unfamiliar with ⎼ it might be a bit challenging, but I’ve got a training session beforehand for the event,” he said. An inaugural event for Windsor’s Easter Seals branch, the “Drop Zone” event challenged participants to raise a minimum of $1500 in pledges in order to rappel down the 27-storey casino. Funds that were raised went towards kids with physical disabilities, contributing to communication and mobility
equipment for camps and recreational programs within Easter Seals Ontario. 53 participants took part in the opportunity of a lifetime— the chance to be “superheroes” for the day as they challenged themselves in a fun and, yes, safe event. David Lenz, senior development officer at the Easter Seals Windsor/Essex branch, assured the safety of the participants, saying, “We have training for all the participants where an apparatus is set up for them to learn to rappel properly off the building.”
“We also have rappel technicians who specialize with highrise buildings and there are safeguards at the location,” assured Lenz. “It’s the same procedure for every city that takes part in this and there has never been any issue in the nine years of its running.” Lenz expressed excitement about having the event in Windsor for the first time. Drop Zone has been a national event for Easter Seals since 2005, held in 15 other cities across Canada while raising over $10 million, but Lenz denoted that there’s an even bigger
significance for Windsor being number 16. As Easter Seals originally started in Windsor in 1922, Lenz asserted that bringing such a high-profile event here made for a perfect setting. Bezaire agreed with Lenz and said, “It feels awesome to be able to do the event. I’m a member of the Amherstburg Optimist Club, where we often do things geared towards youth. That made doing something for Easter Seals a kind of perfect fit. It’s something to check off the bucket list.”
Calin Murgu is Editor-in-Chief of the Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History that launches this month • photo by Travis Fauteux
UWindsor student launches a history journal LIAPILLER lance reporter __________________________ A University of Windsor History undergraduate student is releasing the first volume of a historical academic journal, the Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History (GLJUH). The journal features articles written and peer reviewed by undergraduate students from across the Great Lakes region. The journal includes essays on Scottish-Canadian settlers’ agricultural concerns and racial discrimination in the 19th century education system of Windsor and Sandwich. Calin Murgu, a History undergrad and the editor-in-chief of the GLJUH, hopes that the journal will demonstrate the hard work and dedication of the University of Windsor’s History department. “I hope this journal brings some sort of recognition to our department and students. I hope they will gain confidence about their area of research, and push
forward with their academic careers,” said Murgu. “Undergraduate work needs to be recognized, this is the reason why we began this project.” Murgu said the creation process of the GLJUH was “a long and uneasy one.” “We were making it up as we went along,” he admitted. The majority of the editorial board—besides faculty and graduate students—had minimal editorial experience before beginning the project. However, the students and faculty established an outline together that provided a road map for submissions, editing, and design, helping the production of the journal run smoother. “I was stunned when we received dozens of submissions for the first issue,” said Murgu as he explained how students from all across the Great Lakes region and a few from the U.S. wanted to be a part of the project. Jessica Knapp, a contributing University of Windsor alumni who’s essay discusses Windsor and Sandwich’s history of rac-
ism within the education system of the 19th century, said the GLJUH is significant for several reasons. “It is the first journal to come out of the undergraduate program at the University of Windsor in quite some time, but also its focus is to capture both local and Canadian histories, while also including others’ works displaying excellent history and research writing,” said Knapp. The GLJUH has attracted much attention and praise from academic History professionals like Dr. Leslie Howsam who teaches History at the University of Windsor. Dr. Howsam welcomed the arrival of the journal with great enthusiasm. “It’s exciting to see students of history reaching out to make their research public, and to see History undergrads from Windsor working with their peers at other institutions in the region,” said Howsam. Volume 1 is expected to be released later this month.
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what’s national happening? news briefs Quebec’s controversal Charter of Values concerns professors and students across the province MONTREAL (CUP)—The Parti Québécois’ proposed Charter of Values aimed at separating church and state is raising concern in post-secondary institutions across Quebec. The controversial project announced on Tuesday would prohibit government employees from wearing conspicuous religious symbols—such as turbans, hijabs, crucifixes and kippahs—and time off for religious holidays. Educational institutions and hospitals could apply to opt out of these conditions but a ban on veils that cover the face would be permanent. The law would also amend the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms to provide an outline on accommodation requests. However, the bill would not affect members of the National Assembly and would allow politicians to wear religious symbols if they choose. Furthermore, the crucifix that hangs in the National Assembly and the cross on Mount Royal in Montreal would remain in place as Democratic Institutions Minister Bernard Drainville clarified it to be part of Quebec’s history.
“The charter doesn’t level the playing field, it ensures that a whole segment of society leaves the public eye,” added Aspler. Avi Goldberg, a sociology professor at Vanier College and Concordia University in Montreal, says he addressed the issue in the classroom at Vanier with his students where he encouraged young adults to discuss the proposal. “One student said all kinds of professionals in this province who are getting degrees and might be religious,” said Goldberg. “But they are being told they are not allowed to be themselves.” Goldberg explained that the law “will certainly affect anyone who is teaching at university or CÉGEP in one way or another,” and is concerned it may impede students who wear religious symbols to pursue employment in the public sector since they may not feel welcome. “Maybe there’s a lack of belief that one can be religious in their home, minds and heart, and at the same time do a job that they are able to do and serve the laws of the public,” said Goldberg. “But I think that’s possible.” Goldberg is not the only one to foster a discussion in the classroom. Ashley Davis, a student studying arts at Dawson College, admits that one of her teachers openly criticizes the Quebec Charter of Values in class and through social media. “He’s pretty vocal about it. It’s interesting, because while he himself is secular, he’s culturally tied to a specific faith,” said Davis. “And it seems as though he’s really pushing for people to look at this as an issue of freedom rather than integration.”
Universities are refraining from commenting for now.
Lorenzo DiTommaso, the chair of the department of religion at Concordia University, believes that the department could manage if the Charter of Values becomes law and that it would not affect the courses offered.
Jenny Desrochers, director of media relations at the Université du Québec à Montréal, also confirmed that UQÀM has not taken a position.
The food filled 50th anniversary celebration has returned! CUPE 1393 has “un-cancelled” the 50th anniversary BBQ. Free food at Avenue’s Kerr House on September 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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The law would extend to all public sector workers including judges, police officers, teachers, daycare workers and municipal personnel in what the provincial government deems an effort to “maintain social peace and promote harmony” and to “prevent tensions from growing.” “We have taken no position yet,” said Concordia University Spokesperson Chris Mota. “We are assessing the proposal.”
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However, the proposal led to a massive protest in the downtown core of Montreal Saturday afternoon and spawned a petition for an inclusive Quebec that drew the support of post-secondary teachers and students across the province. John Aspler, a graduate student studying neuroscience at McGill University, attended the protest because he was concerned with the ramifications of a charter. “I protested today because this law impacts women far more than it impacts men, making it sexist. It impacts ethnic and religious minorities as well as immigrants far more than it impacts white Christians, making it racist and discriminatory.” said Aspler. “Christians generally won’t be affected by this legislation.”
“The thing is this: would it have an impact on our courses? No,” said DiTommaso. “We set our courses on the basis of our program needs. I don’t see how this law can affect the courses being offered.” DiTommaso continued to say that he hopes religious holidays will not be affected by the Charter but that the department could find ways to work around it by setting their own schedules or employing a graduate student or teaching assistant to replace the professor on the date of the holiday. KALINA LAFRAMBOISE—CUP QUEBEC BUREAU CHIEF
Aspler feels that the Quebec Charter of Values acts as a “hypocrisy of the highest order.”
? Canada was named the sixth happiest country to live in. Why are there six other countries with better dispositions than us?
Isn’t Denmark the Canada of Europe? (Denmark was number one.)
Maybe the scenery, maybe warmer weather, but I’m happy to live in Canada.
Maybe they drink more.
They have more variety of people, they’re a slower pace, they focus on their quality of life more.
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Former Vice President Student Life, Carrigan Desjardins (left), and former president of the Saint Mary’s University Student Association, Jared Perry, at TURFBURN, the event where the offensive chant took place, which went as: “Y is for your sister, O is for ‘oh so tight,’ U is for underage, N is for no consent, G is for ‘grab that ass,’—Saint Mary’s boys, we like ‘em young.” Both have stepped down due to the chant. • photo: Mike Langlais/ The Journal
Offensive Saint Mary’s University frosh chant sparks question about universities and sexual assault
VANCOUVER (CUP)—Rape and sexual assault have received a huge amount of attention recently at campuses across the country. Chants making light of sexual assault were uncovered at stunt bonding events at both St. Mary’s University in Halifax and at UBC in Vancouver. These revelations shocked students, bedeviled administrators and enraged the public. They also reignited a longstanding discussion; do Canadian universities have a sexual assault problem? In this country, sexual assault is defined as any act that “violates the sexual integrity of the victim” without the victim’s consent. By defining all unwanted sexual acts as acts of violence, this moves away from the previous common-law definition of rape as vaginal intercourse obtained through physical force. But these two definitions often blur together—when Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente recently sought to examine the issue of campus sexual violence, she found her alma mater kept a tally of “forcible rape” incidents. She—and many others before her—have found it difficult to quantify the issue of campus sexual violence due to the deep gulf between data from self-reported surveys and data based on how many incidents are reported to the police. According to the Canadian National College Health Assessment released earlier this year, 6.9 per cent of all students surveyed reported sexual touching without consent within the last 12 months, and 1.2 per cent reported penetration without consent. Assuming this rate holds steady over multiple years, this means well over a quarter of students would be expected to report unwanted sexual touching during a four-year degree program. And that’s for women as well as men—if you restrict the sample to women, that percentage jumps to over a third. For unwanted penetration or attempted unwanted penetration, the numbers are 14
per cent of all students, and 18 per cent of women, for a 4-year period. Data from a 2009 Statistics Canada report shows just 12 per cent of all Canadians who report experiencing a sexual assault tell the police. The aftermath of the UBC chant played out along the lines anyone would’ve expected: students directly responsible for Sauder School of Business’s Commerce Undergraduate Society’s FROSH, the event where the chant occurred, resigned. The university’s administration scrambled to distance themselves from the incident. More education and training for student leaders was called for. It’s roughly the same outcome that happened in 2009 when the Underground, the satirical newspaper written by UBC’s Arts Undergraduate Society, published a joking article endorsing sexual assault. The 2009 Statistics Canada report gave a litany of reasons for why survivors don’t report, including fear they won’t be believed, worry the case isn’t strong enough to convict the attacker and fear reporting could damage their reputation or give too much unwanted publicity. According to Scott Anderson, who became the go-to academic in explaining the cultural climate leading to UBC’s “rape chant,” joking about sexual assault can easily make people forget it’s a serious issue. “It does trivialize the harm that’s involved in non-consensual sex,” Anderson told Global News. Discussion of these issues continues at campuses across the country, and some students are looking forward to prevention-based solutions, rather than disciplining behaviour after it happens. “We must empower our students to call each other out when they hear or observe statements or actions that support or condone violence,” blogged UBC PhD student Lucia Lorenzi soon after the initial chant reports. “It’s time to make [my university] feel safe again.” LAURA RODGERS—CUP B.C. BUREAU CHIEF
students call for an end to the strike The UWindsor Student-Worker Alliance is passing around a petition for a student walkout to end the strike. Check out facebook.com/uwinsolidarity for more details.
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Suite Surrender marks final performance for director ALEXANDRASELLICK arts editor __________________________ The University Players will open their 55th season with Michael McKeever’s Suite Surrender on September 19. The show marks the final appearance of Professor William Pinnell, who will be directing the production. Pinnell began his career at The University of Windsor in 1972 designing scenery. In 1991 he worked on Lysistrata, which still holds the University Player’s box office records for most audience members. Pinnell said that although Lysistrata broke fire regulations for having too many people in the theatre, his most memorable production is 1992’s Salt Water Moon whose opening night also marked the birth of his son. Currently Pinnell is writing a play called The Offspring but is unsure if the work will ever be completed. “I can tell when I’m not as passionate as I used to be,” said Pinnell. “That’s not saying that I don’t throw my all into the production I’m doing.” Professor Pinnell said he needs a break from theatre after Suite Surrender but his students are making his last production a very enjoyable one.
“It helps that it is a comedy; we do nothing but laugh in rehearsal,” said Pinnell. “Some people say we should be more serious but through humour we’re working very hard.” Amongst cast members is fourth-year BFA acting student Elizabeth Kalles who plays the role of Athena Sinclair. As well as playing the 40s vixen, Kalles is also make-up supervisor for Suite Surrender. She said Pinnell is a very organized director and has a lot to offer his students. “He is clearly very passionate about being involved with this show and it comes across in every rehearsal,” said Kalles. “His passion and energy influences my attitude during rehearsals and in turn makes me have greater passion and energy for the material I am working on. “ Suite Surrender will run from September 19 to 22 and 25 to 29 at Essex Hall Theatre and tickets can be purchased online or by phone. Bezaire agreed with Lenz and said, “It feels awesome to be able to do the event. I’m a member of the Amherstburg Optimist Club, where we often do things geared towards youth. That made doing something for Easter Seals a kind of perfect fit. It’s something to check off the bucket list.”
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The fifth iteration of the Grand Theft Auto series hit shelves this weekend. Be prepared to see many friends, colleagues and possibly even your boss or profs skipping work, school, sleep and meals. This game’s bigger than all the previous GTA worlds put together. So it’s going to be awhile before everyone stops playing hookey on life.
The iPhone event earlier this week revealed that the Internet was pretty darn good at predicting how this expensive palm-sized gadget was going to turn out. Faster? Yup. Shinier? Kinda. A choice between plastic or glass? Yeah. Fingerprint scanner? You bet! Better hope NSA doesn’t find a way to tap into that precious privacy-invading gizmo.
Biblioasis brings big names to Windsor LUKECECILE lance reporter __________________________ Earlier this week, purveyor and publisher of fine books, Biblioasis, hosted two of Canada’s most celebrated authors Douglas Glover and Catherine Bush. Glover, an Ontario native, is a ten time novelist and winner of the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction. Bush, of Toronto, recently published her fourth book and has been featured in numerous publications such as the Globe and Mail and The New York Times Magazine.
• photo by courtesy of Biblioasis
The intimate evening began with Bush reading an excerpt from her most recent novel, Accusation. The book follows investigative journalist Sara as she searches for the story of a man accused of child sexual abuse. Taking readers from Toronto to Ethiopia, the tale explores the culture surrounding Africa’s child circuses while touching on the dilemmas faced in journalism. “I love the narrative arc of stories and I’m drawn to fiction in which kinetic energy propels you from page to page. I think of story as a form of movement. I’m attracted to characters, often women, caught in the midst of difficult
choice, ethical, emotional—the propulsions of choice become a form of movement.” said Bush of her narrative style. You can find Accusation at Biblioasis or her complete works online from Chapters/Indigo or Amazon. To conclude the night, one of Canada’s most highly praised authors took the stage to read from his latest novel Savage Love. This collection of short stories has a vast array of topics ranging wildly in thematic statements. Glover read from one of such stories, describing one man’s thoughts and contemplations as his wife uncovers his infidelity and his daughter discovers the death of her pet hamster. “Everything I write attests to my pleasure in inappropriate relations and the subversion of propriety.” said Glover. All at once thought provoking and hilarious, Savage Love is sure to push Glover further into the spotlight of Canadian, if not international, literary fame.
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SEPTEMBER 19 TO 26 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19 Gov’t Mule, The Fillmore Detroit, 7:00 p.m. The Creepshow, Hellbound Hepcats and The Nefidovs, Dominion House, 8:00 p.m. University Players Presents: Suite Surrender, Essex Hall Theatre, 8:00 p.m. FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20 The Sway Tour with The Last Place You Look and Tori Vasquez, Saint Andrew’s Hall, 7:00 p.m. ClassX “Time Well Wasted” CD Release Party with Matt Lalonde and Dave Russel & The Precious Stones, The Loop Complex, 9:30 p.m., $10.00 The Camera Eye Art Show, Arts Council Windsor & Region, 6:00 p.m. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 CJAM FM Presents: Contra Dance Reunion with Guitar Army, FM Lounge, 10:00 p.m. Downtown Windsor Local Treasures Hunt, Downtown Windsor, 10:00 a.m. Live Trivia at The Dominion House, Dominion House, 7:30 p.m. SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22 Autumn Welcome, Canadian Club Heritage Centre, 1:00 p.m., $30.00
Annual Flea Market, Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village, all day, $3.00
Ford City Market Sundays, outdoors, across from the Gino & Liz Marcus Community Complex, 10:00 a.m.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23 Rino’s Kitchen Presents: Instagram Photo Exhibit, Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24 Widespread Panic, The Fillmore Detroit, 6:00 p.m. Immortal Technique and Brother Ali with Diabolic, I-Self Devine and Sturgill Simpson, St. Andrew’s Hall, 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 Gluten Free Vendors’ Night, Giovanni Caboto Club, 6:00 p.m., $2.00, children 12 and under FREE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26 Suite Surrender Closing Night Party, Dominion House, 10:00 p.m., $3.00 in advance, $5.00 at the door Comedy Quarry Presents Comedy Records Show with K. Trevor Wilson, Rockhead Pub, 9:00 p.m., $12.00
PEOPLE OF FAITH: THE STORY OF HÔTEL-DIEU GRACE HOSPITAL 1888-2013 Marty Gervais People Of Faith by award winning journalist Marty Gervais follows the story of the five nuns who came from Montreal to begin the building of Windsor’s Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital. The book gives an in-depth look on how the hospital was built, beginning with finding and purchasing the tracks of land it was to be built upon. Along with giving a detailed history of the founding of Hôtel-Dieu, Gervais takes us back in time and paints a picture of what Windsor once looked like. He even shows us what the atmosphere was like in Windsor’s early frontier days and throughout the years up until 2013. The book is not set up like a history textbook, but a story. And there is no lack of excitement in this tale. Readers will get to travel through the ages and experience such perils as a tornado sweeping through Windsor and leaving at trail of destruction and an explosion that left the city smoldering. But Windsor made it through these perils and Gervais tells us just how our past citizens came together to aid one another. The book is full of high quality photos from every decade so readers will actually get to see what Windsor was once like. There is even a photo of the hospital’s first ambulance: a horse and buggy. Even if you are not a history buff, the tale of how not just Hôtel-Dieu came to be, but how Windsor came to be the full and vibrant city it is today, is one that is sure to fascinate those young and old. Marty Gervais’ People Of Faith is an engrossing tale that any Windsorite would enjoy.
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TIMMIES:THE LONG WAIT A lot of students are addicted to caffeine. And UWindsor has the longest wait to get a cup of Joe I’ve ever seen at a Tim Hortons with some lines taking around 30 minutes to get from start to serve. Yes, there are more serious problems—but to caffeine addicts and people stuck on campus for long hours, that cup of Joe can mean the difference between being a zombie in class or not.
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JAYVERSPEELT lance reporter __________________________
charts • MURADERZINCLIOGLU music director, CJAM 99.1 FM more info? earshot-online.com & cjam.ca indicates Canadian artist
charts tabulated from September 9 to 15
FORTHEWORLD IS HOLLOW AND I HAVE TOUCHED THE SKY James O-L For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky is the kind of album you listen to in the late hours of the night while you sip coffee as a cat presses itself at your side. The mood of the record is soft and just a little sad, bringing to mind images of Phog Lounge quietly crowded and conversing with the underground socialites. It is a night record to remind the listener things move slower and easier after the sun sets, when things become real, this record is real. One Horse Town couldn’t possibly be about any other city than Windsor as it cries in disconsolate folk longing about topics like being discontent with familiarity. This is the track you will be putting on repeat, the horns are outstanding in their support to the rhythm of the song. Yellow Gold continues the somber tone with violin leads by Roye Truong that give the song a cinematic quality like it could be heard as the soundtrack of a movie where the characters are driving through the night on a lonely stretch of a desolate highway. The record picks up just as it’s about to end with Sk8 or Die dealing with, you guessed it, skateboarding. This is the song to have play as the sun breaks through the horizon. Horns on this song are fun and upbeat with a hint of ska. What is strange is the last track The Centre of the Earth, a lyric-less secret song that is a combination of techno and Spanish guitar music that while good, does sound odd in the context of the rest of the record. It might remind a listener of a similar track on the Fullblasts 2005 album Short Controlled Bursts. The record as a whole features many Windsor musicians such as Caleb Farrugia, Eric Welton, Kirk Gutherie and many more. If you listen to only one record this year make it this one [strike out “make it this one”] you’re not listening to enough music.
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THE MARK INSIDE*—Dark Hearts Can Radiate White Light (Vampire Dance) BLACKHEART*—Blackheart (Self-Released) THE NEFIDOVS*—Better Wake Up! (Self-Released) TV FREAKS*—Two (Schizophrenic) MONOMYTH*—King, Does This Not Please You? (Self-Released) ISLANDS*—Ski Mask (Manque) SARAH NEUFELD*—Hero Brother (Constellation) GRAND ANALOG*—Modern Thunder (The Shadow Cabinet) WASHED OUT—Paracosm (Sub Pop) PAPERMAPS—Darker Lights (Sparks) CUNTER*—27 (New Damage) DEVAH*—Devah (Self-Released) JOHN WARD’S ELECTRIC SEANCE*—Volume One (Self-Released) STILL LIFE STILL*—Mourning Trance (Arts & Crafts) DIANA*—Perpetual Surrender (Paper Bag) CITY AND COLOUR*—The Hurry and The Harm (Dine Alone) BEN SURES*—Son Of Trouble (Self-Released) AUSTRA*—Olympia (Paper Bag) MOKA ONLY*—Doctor Do Much (Urbnet) GRIM TOWER*—Anarchic Breezes (Outer Battery) DISCLOSURE—Settle (Interscope) RUN THE JEWELS—Run The Jewels (Fool’s Gold) JOSEPH DALEY—The Seven Heavenly Virtues (Self-Released) THE DODOS—Carrier (Dine Alone) BOARDS OF CANADA—Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp) DRUG CHURCH—Paul Walker (No Sleep) SHAHEED & DJ SUPREME—Knowledge, Rhythm and Understanding (CommunicatingVessels) BRAIDS*—Flourish//Perish (Flemish Eye) FACTOR*—Woke Up Alone (Fake Four Inc.) DINOSAUR BONES*—Shaky Dream (Dine Alone)
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the university strikes back it is a dark time for the university. Although the air conditioning has been destroyed, university brass
has driven students from the St. Denis Centre and pursued the rebels across campus.
Evading the dreaded imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by CuPE 1393 President Dean
Roy has established a picket line on the remote ice world of Sunset Ave...
MIKESPECHT sports editor __________________________ While a comparison to Star Wars is hyperbole at best, the grand scale of the CUPE 1393 strike becomes clearer by the day. Entering its second week, the labour dispute has hit every department of the University; and its effect on athletics and recreational services has been devastating. “It impacts us in a fairly significant way,” said acting athletic director Mike Havey. “Right now it is myself, one brand new employee and a secretary and students that are running the [St. Denis Centre.]” On September 8 the university announced that the forge fitness centre and pool would be closed for the duration of the strike. Water quality concerns combined with injury potential made it prudent to close the facilities.
• photo by Jay Verspeelt
Such is the case with any collegiate labour dispute; students are the ones who suffer. A University of Windsor tuition breakdown shows that a fee of $78.66 is assessed each term to University of Windsor students for “recreation,” while an additional fee of 17.74 is assessed at a maximum of 2 terms per academic year for Sports and Rec. Multiplied by 16,000 active full-time students; the total amounts to 2.5 million dollars per assessment for recreation,
with another $550,000 per semester allotted to sports and recreation. With the majority of St. Denis support staff on strike; University athletes are without their certified athletics therapists, equipment managers, and many other services that were part of their decision to commit to Windsor. “It affects athlete’s big time,” said Lancer’s wide receiver Scott McEwen. “Players who are hurt right now can’t go across the hall to get checked on. They have to take care of their own injuries or go elsewhere to recover.” By early October the varsity athletics schedule will be full swing. With hockey, basketball, track and volleyball beginning their season schedules the need for these services will become more immediate. While students and athletes alike remain locked out of these facilities there have been assurances that all games will be played as scheduled. “The officials that ran [Saturday’s football game] actually came in and said they would honour the picket line if we asked them to. We told them absolutely not, we want that game to go ahead I don’t want to stop sports. We are doing everything we can for the students,” said CUPE 1393 President Dean Roy. These certainly are dark times in Windsor, with talks resuming this week there may be a new hope for the return of the union.
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Ravens no match for hobbled Lancers __________________________
also very efficient throwing over 300 yards. So all in all I’m happy with it but there are things we can always improve upon,” said Coach Joe D’Amore.
With injuries pilling, the Lancers football team defeated the Carleton Ravens 44-14 in a gutty effort on Saturday afternoon. The win brings the Lancers to (2-2) seating them fourth in the OUA.
Without the services of leading receiver Evan Pszczonak and defensive back Josh Burns, the Lancers were forced to fill the void from within. Lancers DB Kuinton Elliot, who had two interceptions in the game commented on the loss of Burns.
“There were times when I thought we looked good today. We ran for over 200 yards again and Austin [Kennedy] was
“He’s a senior, and one of the guys with the most experience in the secondary. So it was a tough loss because he’s a really
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good player, I’ve learned a lot from him,” said Elliot. Beau Lumley also stepped up on defense for the Lancers. The second-year utility man played in all facets of the game returning kicks, while lining up at wide receiver and defensive back. The 6’0” Windsor native was forced to shadow Malcolm Carter, a 6’6” Ravens pass catcher. Lumley got the better of the matchup as Carter was held only to one reception for nine yards on the day.
The Lancer defense held its ground recording four turnovers as the offence adjusted without Pszczonak. After the first three, Lancer drives resulted in a Dan Cerino field goal, the Lancers exploded for 41 points the rest of the way. The Blue and Gold now turn their attention to the Toronto Varsity Blues (13) for a Saturday night game at Alumni Field. Pszczonak is expected to suit up while there is no word yet on the status of Burns.
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Windsor will host the AHL later this week MIKESPECHT sports editor __________________________ London can stop acting so high and mighty now. After consecutive years of bringing the Toronto Maple Leafs to the John Labatt Centre, Windsor has concocted a response in the form of the AHL. On September 29 the Grand Rapids Griffins will take on the Lake Eerie Lock Monsters, at the WFCU Centre in exhibition play. The long-time Red Wings farm squad Griffins feature several top prospects including goaltender Petr Mrazek; who was named the best goaltender at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship. “We’ve hosted a number of great hockey events outside of Spitfires games but this
game gives fans the unique opportunity to see professional hockey at the WFCU Centre and prospects that might be on the ice at Joe Louis Arena this season,” said Global Spectrum’s General Manager of Events, Jason Toner. “We hope it opens the door to other neutral site professional hockey exhibition games in the future.” Coming off their first Calder Cup championship, Grand Rapids are excited about the opportunity to expand their fan base. “We had a wonderful experience playing pre-season games in Toledo and Ann Arbor last season, and we’re looking forward to the chance to play in front of the Spitfires’ fans,” said Griffins coach Jeff Blasshill. The puck drops at 7:05 pm, and tickets are on sale for $11.75 at the gate.
Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan hoists Calder Cup• photo by Mark Newman
BARRY BONDS FACING HOME CONFINEMENT The MLB’s homerun king was convicted of obstruction of justice charges in 2011 regarding his testimony of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative. A grand jury found that Bond made misleading statements about his relationship to BALCO; a laboratory which provided steroids to major league players. After two years of appeal the charges were upheld last week. The slugger now faces 30-days’ home confinement as well as two years of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine. CFL RELEASES TOP PROSPECTS LIST: Windsor defensive back Josh Burns was named the 14th ranked Canadian prospect for the 2014 CFL draft. The 6’1 184 pound LaSalle native who has missed time with injury this season compiled 27.5 tackles and one interception in 2012 to 2013. PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOURS: Windsor native and Western linebacker Pawel Kruba, was named OUA defensive player of the week. Kruba recorded 2 interceptions for the (4-0) Mustang’s in their 58-15 victory over McMaster last Saturday.
Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth who has been handed a lifetime ban for his role in a match fixing scandal. The 30-year-old cricketer, was arrested last May and for taking money in exchange for surrendering a predetermined amount of runs in 3 IPL matches.
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The Canadian Men’s singles team fell to Serbia in the Davis Cup semi-final on Sunday. The run, which included upset victories over Spain, and Italy is reflective of the bright future of Canadian Tennis. With the series tied after two matches Serbia emerged victorious as Janko Tipsarevic defeated Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6).
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